SUBSEA services company Neptune Marine Services Ltd has added a new remotely operated vehicle (ROV) to its fleet in order to serve clients along North Western Australia.

Neptune expects to take delivery of the TMS Comanche ROV during the first quarter of this year, with the vessel to work predominantly on-board a dive support vessel.

The vessel, to be called the Dryden, is currently being built by Neptune and its partner, Bhagwan Marine, Neptune chief executive Robin King said.

“The Comanche ROV is a key asset for delivering Neptune’s integrated range of inspection, repair and maintenance capabilities,” he said. “In conjunction with the completion of the Dryden build, Neptune will be well positioned to service the major oil and gas operators and projects in Australia in 2014 and beyond.”

The news followed Neptune’s completion of a number of repair projects using its patented dry underwater welding technology.

The projects included a bilge keel repair on a floating production, storage and offtake vessel in Australia, subsea inspection and remedial work on an offshore production platform in China and welded repairs to the legs of a Mobile Offshore Production Unit (MOPU) in Malaysia, at a water depth of 57 metres.

The projects in China and Malaysia were both performed utilising saturation diving, with Neptune having qualified the diving and welding procedures at the National Hyperbaric Centre in Aberdeen prior to undertaking the work.

Neptune performed all other preparation and training in its dedicated dive tank at the company’s facility in the Perth suburb of Belmont.

All of the procedures and executed repairs were approved by the relevant independent classification societies in Australia, China and Malaysia (including ABS and CCS), the company said.